Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2020 TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is our fall 2020 TBR. Figuring this post out definitely took me a while. There are so many books on my TBR already. Then add in a bunch of the 2020 releases of this fall? Help! Narrowing this post down to only 10 took forever.

Link to me your lists below! I’m so interested to see what you’re all planning on reading in the next few months.

1. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

2. Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.

Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.

When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.

But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?

3. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

4. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

5. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.

2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed?

Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with the haunting intimacy of The Girls and the creeping intensity of Room, My Dark Vanessa is an era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming our relationships and society itself.

6. Cobble Hill by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Welcome to Cobble Hill.

In this eclectic Brooklyn neighborhood, private storms brew amongst four married couples and their children. There’s ex-groupie Mandy, so underwhelmed by motherhood and her current physical state that she fakes a debilitating disease to get the attention of her skateboarding, ex-boyband member husband Stuart. There’s the unconventional new school nurse, Peaches, on whom Stuart has an unrequited crush, and her disappointing husband Greg, who wears noise-cancelling headphones—everywhere.

A few blocks away, Roy, a well-known, newly transplanted British novelist, has lost the thread of his next novel and his marriage to capable, indefatigable Wendy. Around the corner, Tupper, the nervous, introverted industrial designer with a warehouse full of prosthetic limbs struggles to pin down his elusive artist wife Elizabeth. She remains…elusive. Throw in two hormonal teenagers, a 10-year-old pyromaniac, a drug dealer pretending to be a doctor, and a lot of hidden cameras, and you’ve got a combustible mix of egos, desires, and secrets bubbling in brownstone Brooklyn.

Smart, sophisticated, yet surprisingly tender, Cobble Hill is highly entertaining portrait of contemporary family life and the colorful characters who call Brooklyn home.

7. Well Played by Jen DeLuca

Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it’s been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she’ll even find The One.

When Stacey imagined “The One,” it never occurred to her that her summertime Faire fling, Dex MacLean, might fit the bill. While Dex is easy on the eyes onstage with his band The Dueling Kilts, Stacey has never felt an emotional connection with him. So when she receives a tender email from the typically monosyllabic hunk, she’s not sure what to make of it.

Faire returns to Willow Creek, and Stacey comes face-to-face with the man with whom she’s exchanged hundreds of online messages over the past nine months. To Stacey’s shock, it isn’t Dex—she’s been falling in love with a man she barely knows.

8. K-pop Confidential by Stephan Lee

Candace Park knows a lot about playing a role. For most of her life, she’s been playing the role of the quiet Korean girl who takes all AP classes and plays a classical instrument, keeping her dreams of stardom-and her obsession with SLK, K-pop’s top boyband-to herself. She doesn’t see how a regular girl like her could possibly become one of those K-pop goddesses she sees on YouTube. Even though she can sing. Like, really sing.

So when Candace secretly enters a global audition held by SLK’s music label, the last thing she expects is to actually get a coveted spot in their trainee program. And convincing her strict parents to let her to go is all but impossible … although it’s nothing compared to what comes next.

Under the strict supervision of her instructors at the label’s headquarters in Seoul, Candace must perfect her performance skills to within an inch of her life, learn to speak Korean fluently, and navigate the complex hierarchies of her fellow trainees, all while following the strict rules of the industry. Rule number one? NO DATING, which becomes impossible to follow when she meets a dreamy boy trainee. And in the all-out battle to debut, Candace is in danger of planting herself in the middle of a scandal lighting up the K-pop fandom around the world.

If she doesn’t have what it takes to become a perfect, hair-flipping K-pop idol, what will that mean for her family, who have sacrificed everything to give her the chance? And is a spot in the most hyped K-pop girl group of all time really worth risking her friendships, her future, and everything she believes in?

9. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs-a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts- five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.

10. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

This saga dares to ask a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails?

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is our spring 2020 TBR. Figuring this post out definitely took me a while. There’s so many books I want to get to and trying to figure out my top ten was quite the task, but I got there. As is the motto of every bookworm; too many books, so little time.

Link to me your lists below! I’m so interested to see what you’re all planning on reading in the next few months.

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1. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

2. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

3. The Toll by Neal Shusterman

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4. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

6. Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

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7. Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

8. Doctor Dearest by R.S. Grey

9. Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

10. Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Additions to my TBR

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This week’s theme is the most recent additions to our bookshelves. I think this will be the easiest TTT I’ll ever put together because Book Outlet had their recent annual boxing week sale and oh boy oh boy oh BOY did I ever do some damage to my wallet (and maybe the back of the post man who delivered that box, sorry!). Since this is a top ten list, I’ll just list the nine from that haul that I’m most excited to get to and the one book I bought recently that is the monthly read of the book club a couple of my friends and I started.

Link to me your lists below! I’m so interested to see what you guys have received recently.

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1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (the book club pick)

2. How to Love by Katie Cotugno

3. Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

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4. The Au Pair by Emma Rous

5. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

6. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

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7. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

8. 500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario

9. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

10. You by Caroline Kepnes

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

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This week’s theme is our favourite things to snack on or drink while reading. I have to admit, I can be a snacker while reading. And nothing makes me happier than a good drink to sip on while I’m immersed in a book.

1. Iced vanilla latte – my number one forever

2. Chai latte – the most soothing drink in the fall

3. Iced tea – the real stuff though, not the sugary crap in a can

4. Water – got to stay hydrated, right?

5. Wine – nothing better than winding down after a long day with a glass of wine and a good book

6. Beer – there’s this cute craft beer place beside my office and at the beginning of the week it’s always nice and quiet

7. Indian takeout – let’s be real, I eat from that restaurant once a week minimum so I’m bound to be reading during one of the many times I get takeout

8. Pad thai – my other takeout weakness

9. Pasta – if I could live off of pasta only, I would. Plus it’s a perfect reading snack because you’re using a fork so you’ll never have to worry about dirtying the pages

10. Carrot cake – I’m such a savoury type of person when it comes to food, but I can never refuse a good carrot cake

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Want to Be Besties With

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This week’s theme is characters I’d love to be besties with and wow, do I ever have a lot of those. Of course, there’s always book boyfriends/girlfriends that we all fall in love with and we wish we could find a real life version of them, but besties are just as important too (probably more, let’s be real here). Life sucks without a good best friend by your side. I honest to god don’t know what I’d do without mine (love you to the moon and back Jess). So in honour of best friends and how freaking great they are, here’s my list of top ten characters I’d want to be besties with.

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1. Arsinoe from the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake

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2. Dorian from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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3. Madison from Make Me Bad by R.S. Grey

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4. Lauren from The Accidental Girlfriend by Emma Hart

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5. Lara Jean from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han

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6. Penelope from Flutter by Carrie Aarons

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7. Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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8. Jeremiah from The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han

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9. Ronan from The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater

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10. Brooke from The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey